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Royal Opera House in London

Royal Opera House in London

[caption id="attachment_162458" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Royal Opera House and ballerina © Russ London/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Royal Opera House is an opera house and major performing arts venue in Covent Garden in London. The large building is often referred to as simply "Covent Garden", after a previous use of the site of the opera house's original construction in 1732. It is the home of The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet, and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Originally called the Theatre Roya...

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The island of Hiddensee

The island of Hiddensee

[caption id="attachment_153859" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Dornbusch Lighthouse © Manfred Betschinger/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Hiddensee is a car-free island in the Baltic Sea, located west of Germany's largest island, Rügen, on the German coast. The island has about 1,300 inhabitants. It was a popular holiday destination for East German tourists during German Democratic Republic (GDR) times and continues to attract tourists today with its natural beauty. It is the location of the University of Grei...

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Theme Week Miami - Biscayne National Park

Theme Week Miami - Biscayne National Park

[caption id="attachment_165442" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © National Park Service Digital Image Archives[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Biscayne National Park is a U.S. National Park located in southern Florida, south of Miami. The park preserves Biscayne Bay and its offshore barrier reefs. Ninety-five percent of the park is water, and the shore of the bay is the location of an extensive mangrove forest. The park covers 172,971 acres (69,999 ha) and includes Elliott Key, the park's largest island and first of the true Florida...

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Theme Week Havana - Sloppy Joe's Bar

Theme Week Havana - Sloppy Joe's Bar

[caption id="attachment_168539" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © visitcuba.com[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Sloppy Joe's Bar is a historic bar located in Havana, Cuba. The bar reopened in 2013 after being closed for 48 years. Renovation work on Sloppy Joe's was completed in early 2013, and its doors opened to the public on April 12th of that year. The facade closely resembles the images from the 1950s, even down to the sign on the corner, above the arches. The advent of Prohibition in the United States spurred its original owner...

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The port of New York

The port of New York

[caption id="attachment_151774" align="aligncenter" width="590"] South Street Seaport © flickr.com - ian reid/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]New York Harbor, part of the Port of New York and New Jersey, is at the mouth of the Hudson River where it empties into New York Bay. It is one of the largest natural harbors in the world. Although the United States Board on Geographic Names does not use the term, New York Harbor has important historical, governmental, commercial, and ecological usages. In 1824 the first Ameri...

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Portrait: Friedrich Nietzsche, a philosopher, cultural critic, composer, poet, philologist, and Latin and Greek scholar

Portrait: Friedrich Nietzsche, a philosopher, cultural critic, composer, poet, philologist, and Latin and Greek scholar

[caption id="attachment_203514" align="aligncenter" width="442"] in 1882 by Gustav Adolf Schultze[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was a German philosopher, cultural critic, composer, poet, philologist, and Latin and Greek scholar whose work has exerted a profound influence on modern intellectual history. He began his career as a classical philologist before turning to philosophy. He became the youngest ever to hold the Chair of Classical Philology at the University of Basel in 1869 at the age of 24. Nietzsc...

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Bielefeld in the Teutoburg Forest

Bielefeld in the Teutoburg Forest

[caption id="attachment_160702" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Old Market Square © Hullie[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Bielefeld is a city in the Ostwestfalen-Lippe Region in the north-east of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. With a population of 323,000, it is also the most populous city in the county of Detmold. Its current mayor is Pit Clausen. The satirical Bielefeld Conspiracy gave the city some international attention. The historical centre of the city is situated north of the Teutoburg Forest, but modern Bielefeld...

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Neuf-Brisach in Alsace

Neuf-Brisach in Alsace

[caption id="attachment_200722" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Town hall © Psu973/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Neuf-Brisach is a fortified town and commune of the department of Haut-Rhin in the French region of Alsace. The fortified town was intended to guard the border between France and the Holy Roman Empire and, subsequently, the German states. It was built after the Treaty of Ryswick in 1697 that resulted in France losing the town of Breisach, on the opposite bank of the Rhine. The town's name means New Breisach...

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Theme Week Frankfurt - The German National Library

Theme Week Frankfurt - The German National Library

[caption id="attachment_24128" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Deutsche Nationalbibliothek (DNB) – German National Library[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The German National Library (German: Deutsche Nationalbibliothek or DNB) is the central archival library and national bibliographic centre. Its task is to collect, permanently archive, comprehensively document and record bibliographically all German and German-language publications since 1913, foreign publications about Germany, translations of German works, and the works of Germ...

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Tasmania in the Indian Ocean

Tasmania in the Indian Ocean

[caption id="attachment_153612" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Hobart © Aaroncrick/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Tasmania is an island state, part of the Commonwealth of Australia, located 240 kilometres (150 mi) to the south of the Australian continent, separated by Bass Strait. The state includes the island of Tasmania, the 26th largest island in the world, and the surrounding 334 islands. The state has a population of 508,000, of whom almost half reside in the greater Hobart precinct. Tasmania's area is 68,401 squ...

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